With music being such an international language it should really come as no surprise that prog metallers Anuryzm hail from the UAE; and given that the album features a guest appearance from metal royalty – Martin Lopez – neither should it be a surprise when I tell you that “Worm’s Eye View” is a very good album.
Originally self-released in the Middle East, “Worm’s Eye View” has been re-released by Melodic Revolution Records. It features 8 tracks of confident prog metal from a band that has clearly spent the 9 years since its inception wisely, ensuring that what you get is of the highest quality. If you like Threshold, Opeth and Dream Theater then there’s a very good chance that you’ll like Anuryzm.
As well as the aforementioned Lopez (who recorded his drum parts in Sweden), the album features a bassist whose roots are in jazz and a singer who is equally at home with clean vocals or a more extreme style, switching effortlessly between the two. If you like big, Petrucci-like riffing that underpins heavy but accessible music, there will be something here for you. The standard of musicianship is high, as you’d expect from a band of this genre, while the songs themselves feature enough light, shade and variation to keep you interested throughout; in fact, I was genuinely disappointed when the final song, ‘Where Mockery Falls’ ended. I had to go back to the beginning of the album and hit the play button all over again.
The title track is nicely representative of the album as a whole. It’s one of the shorter songs and features a heavy drum pattern that drives it along, while the other instruments carry plenty of melody. Bass and guitars offer a suitably complex and satisfying listening experience, while Nadeem Michel Bibby’s vocals are an exploration of what progressive music embraces: variation. The two distinct vocal styles sit well together, all the more remarkable when they’re delivered by the same man.
It’s a similar story with the rest of the album, from the syncopated riff of ‘Sintax Of Trinity’, to the subtle, ballad-like start of ‘Skygazing’ and the acoustic mid-section of ‘Killing Time’. And they leave the best till last, ‘Where Mockery Falls’ being a great way to wrap up the proceedings. There is more than a hint of Opeth about this complex, creative song, and contrasting it with some of the more commercial songs on the album is a demonstration of the band’s breadth of vision; they’re not afraid to really go for it and do something proggy and epic.
Rumour has it they’re already working on their next album, which is great news. Like I said, I didn’t want “Worm’s Eye View” to finish so I can’t wait for the next album; it should be a corker.